Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell fought right to the end of the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship, but a podium in Bahrain was not enough for the British duo to take the title. They finished third in their Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team Ford GT and this was also where they were in the championship at the end of the exciting six hour race.
They started from third on the grid in the number 67 car and were straight into the battle for top honours as Harry moved up to second on the opening lap. Andy took over after 30 laps and after 1 hour 42 mins moved into the lead. Unfortunately the opposition was too strong and it was the Ferrari that came out on top. However, the Ford pairing never gave up and Andy grabbed a podium spot in the final hour.
While he was obviously disappointed not to win the title after such a strong season, Andy was realistic about how tough the competition was: “It looked like we could be in with a chance at the beginning, but we just didn’t have an answer for the Ferraris today. We had good tyre degradation, but we just didn’t have enough speed. Having said that I’ve had a great race. I really enjoyed my three stints and managed to make some good passes. We’ve had a brilliant season: two wins, second at Le Mans and fought to the very end of the championship. I want to say a big thank you to everyone in the team. We have fought all the way from race one and we could not have had a better group of people doing this with us.”
At the end of the race on the 5.412 kilometre long Bahrain International Circuit it was the Ferrari drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Colado who took the title on 153 points, with Andy and Harry third on 142.5, while Ford were second to Ferrari in the GT FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship and Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK were second in the FIA Endurance Trophy For LMGTE Pro Teams.
The schedule for the ‘new look, strengthened’ FIA WEC Championship is
• 5 & 6 April: The Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA)
• 4 & 5 May: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
• 16 & 17 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
• 13 & 14 October: 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
• 03 & 04 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)
• February 2019: Place and event TBC
• 15 & 16 March 2019: 12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
• 3 & 4 May 2019 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
• 15 &16 June 2019: 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)